PANIC BUTTONS FOR HOSPITAL STAFF

Several hospitals in Malaga city and along the coast have installed security cameras and panic buttons to in an effort to prevent staff from being verbally and physically assaulted by angry patients. In Andalucia, Malaga province has the worst record for such attacks. Most doctors said they had been verbally attacked at one time or another by patients who were not satisfied with their diagnoses or felt they had to wait too long for an operation. Recent figures show that hospital staff attending the public at reception desks suffered nine attacks a year on average, followed by doctors (3) and nurses (2).

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